Why Don't You Smile?
A smile is so important in the way you look and feel about yourself. Even subtle changes can make a dramatic difference. Several options to change your smile are available depending on one's needs.
Porcelain veneers are thin custom made shells that cover the front side of the teeth. They are made of porcelain and are used to treat spaces between teeth, chipped and worn teeth, and stained teeth. The procedure requires just a few appointments.
Tooth whitening (also called bleaching) can brighten discolored or stained teeth. Whitening can be done chairside in about 1 ½ hours. Another option is home bleaching. A thin custom-fitted tray can be made. The tray is worn daily or at night for about two weeks. Another option is wearing whitening strips. The effects of whitening may last for several years, but beverages and foods can stain teeth again. Periodic touch-up treatments may be needed.
Bonding is a quick and comfortable procedure that can improve the appearance of teeth that are chipped, broken, cracked, stained, or have spaces between them.
A composite resin is bonded to the tooth surface. This plastic material is made of glass-like substances and resin which match the existing tooth. This can be done in one visit. Bonding usually lasts from 3-5 years.
Enamel shaping is a process of shaping or contouring natural teeth to improve their overall appearance. Enamel shaping involves modifying teeth by removing or contouring enamel to create harmony and balance in the mouth. The process is usually quick and comfortable.
Gum Disease Know How
Early stage periodontal disease is painless, but as the disease progresses that can change. When pain and infections begin, it can be too late to save a tooth. Some warning signs include:
- Gums that bleed during tooth brushing
- Red, swollen, or tender gums
- Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
- Persistent bad breath
- Pus between the teeth and gums
- Loose or separating teeth
- A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
- A change in the fit of your partial dentures
Treatment options are available to prevent further periodontal issues. Treatment options can range from regular cleanings, to deeper cleanings (scaling and root planing), to gum surgery. Prevention is key. It is the first line of defense. Excellent home care, regular dental checkups, and cleanings are important to keep your smile healthy.
Tooth Solutions for All Ages
Whether young or old, our teeth can be subjected to many dental issues. Depending on the circumstance, there are many solutions available today to help keep our teeth for a lifetime. Here are some options available for different tooth problems.
- Cavities can be a problem for all ages. To prevent cavities in children, sealants can be placed on the biting surface of the permanent teeth. This plastic coating is bonded to the tooth, and blocks out bacteria from causing decay in the pits and grooves of the teeth. If the cavity is small enough, a conservative tooth colored resin can be placed.
- Porcelain fillings (inlays or onlays) can be used to restore larger cavities or broken teeth. They provide more strength than a large resin or amalgam filling and but preserve tooth structure.
- Crowns or caps are a good solution to repair fractured teeth or teeth with large fillings. Tooth colored all porcelain crowns can be very natural looking. Several different types of crowns are available including full porcelain fused to metal, full gold or full porcelain.
Missing teeth can cause significant problems over time. When a tooth is not replaced, the remaining teeth can drift out of position and change the bite. This can lead to cavities, gum disease, and bite problems. As more teeth are lost, this leads to facial collapse. The lips appear thin and flattened. The chin moves forward and upward and appears pointed.
Several solutions are possible depending on the dental need.
- A fixed bridge can replace one or more teeth. Teeth adjacent to the gap are prepared like a crown preparation. The bridge is cemented into place. There are at least a couple of appointments involved.
- Implants offer a variety of ways to replace teeth. Implants can replace a single tooth or even be used with removable dentures to help secure them. Implants are a way to replace the root of the tooth as well as the crown. They can feel very much like your natural teeth.
- Partial dentures are removable appliances that replace missing teeth. Typically there is a metal framework with acrylic that houses the replacement teeth. Clasps attach to existing teeth to secure the partial denture.
- Complete dentures are necessary when all the natural teeth have been lost. A complete denture replaces natural teeth and provides support for cheeks and lips. Without support from the denture, the facial muscles sag, making a person appear older.
Realine Orthodontic System
Realine is designed for people with minor crowding issues or small gaps in their front teeth.
Snap-On Smile is an affordable, non-invasive and completely reversible, cosmetic removable arch that can easily and painlessly give you a beautiful smile.
Occlusal guards (also called night guards, splints and bruxing appliances) are removable dental devices that treat night time grinding and clenching.
Snore guards mitigate or even prevent the disruptive, unhealthy effects of snoring and sleep apnea. It moves the lower jaw into a forward position, increasing space in the airway tube and reducing air velocity and soft tissue vibration.